Education Support Centre
Courage | Pride | Resilience

Our Pastoral Care

Our pastoral care system is designed to support students with a range of experiences that they may face. We aim to reduce stigma attached to mental health wellbeing by engendering an ethos supported by the Justtalk campaign that encourages openness whereby students can seek support at school, at home or online as they gain knowledge about how to promote good health and wellbeing.


What we do

Each student is supported and guided by a Personalised Learning Mentor (PLM) who forges a strong relationship with the student and family members. The PLM is critical in establishing communication between school and home and will make weekly contact updating on their progress and any issues that may arise. The PLM is key in helping the student develop new and more helpful ways of thinking, behaving and building positive relationships. 


We promote topics of safeguarding, well-being, healthy lifestyles and how to keep safe through daily circle times, breakfast & brunch, through our curriculum and through our 'Chill and Chat' sessions. We also ensure we stay in touch with students during the summer break and offer activities for them to engage in with Chessbrook staff. 

Our student wellbeing programme

Subject of the month 

All subjects are asked to nominate a student of the month.This is displayed on the wall and presented during circle time. Students are rewarded with a certificate and extra merits.

Student of the month 

Fellow students are able to nominate one student who is rewarded with an education gift and presented during circle time. 

Small act of kindness 

These are introduced each month and shared during circle time, with the expectation for the whole school to adopt and embrace within their school day.

Off timetable day/days

Each term students will take part in a fun, themed activities day. This will include a variety of activities such as a school quiz, visiting a Panto or off site event, watching a film, festive lunch, BBQ and ice cream, sports and games, craft making and baking, special breakfasts and much more.